Land Under the Waves/Tír Fothoinn

  • Irish Landscape and the Sea
  • The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place
  • December 2020 – July 2021

Exhibiting Artists: John Beasley, Johnny Bugler, Wendy Dison, Angela Gilmour, Debbie Godsell, Deirdre McKenna, Emma O’Hara

Land Under the Waves/Tír Fothoinn is an exhibition by Cork Printmakers at The Print Gallery, Nano Nagle Place, exploring the Irish landscape and the sea.

The title takes reference from Celtic mythology and tales of the Otherworld, believed to be reached beneath the water of lakes and oceans. This exhibition celebrates the everlasting relationship between land and sea on this island. Land Under the Waves/Tír Fothoinn features prints by Cork Printmakers’ artists working in the medium of etching, screenprint, monoprint, photopolymer and lithography. These prints depict the unique formations of the Burren, the earthy tones of Ireland and colourful contemporary takes on traditional scenes. The artworks shift from commanding maritime landmarks to peaty, rocky and undulating terrains.

The permanence of the watchful, protective and impenetrable structures of the lighthouses that punctuate Ireland’s coastline are contrasted with the transient nature of the sea and shoreline. The Print Gallery is a partnership between Nano Nagle Place and Cork Printmakers, a print studio and resource organisation with over 100 members based at Wandesford Quay, Cork City. This partnership presents a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy and purchase contemporary art by local artists in the historical setting of Nano Nagle Place. Exhibitions at The Print Gallery change each season to showcase the diverse talent of Cork Printmakers’ artists and reflect on themes particular to the environment and people of Cork.